Opening Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy

The Senate tonight will vote on three pending judicial nominations, including two circuit court nominations to fill the final vacancies on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The three nominees from Michigan, Judge Helene White and Raymond Kethledge for the Court of Appeals, and Steven Murphy for the Eastern District of Michigan, provided testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee at a May 7 hearing, and were reported by the Committee on June 12.   Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) delivered opening remarks on the Senate’s debate on the nominations.  His prepared remarks follow:

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